ISLAMABAD, May 16: The overall voter turnout in the recent elections was impressive, but not in most of the constituencies in Balochistan.
In PB-41 (Awaran), the turnout was 1.18 per cent and Abdul Judoos Bizenjo of the Pakistan Muslim League was declared winner with only 544 votes. Mir Hidayatullah of the National Party, who bagged 95 votes, was the runner-up.
Of the 57,666 registered votes in the constituency, only 672 were cast. (1.16% voter turnout)
Toronto, May 16th – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) has issued an urgent statement regarding the post-election scenario in Balochistan and has expressed concern over the unabated atrocities committed against civilians by the Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, ISI, and the state sponsored Taliban-linked death squads.
By Tarek Fatah
On the eve of the May 11 Pakistan elections, while foreign correspondents wasted reams of newsprint making predictions scripted straight out of the Pakistan military playbook, two men suggested something fishy was about to unfold.
First, the New York Times’ correspondent Declan Walsh, who in 2011 had written a stinging expose on Pakistan’s “secret war in Balochistan,” was expelled from the country. The letter asking him to leave said he had indulged in “undesirable activities.”